Quentin Jacobsen: What Makes A Hero?

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Throughout the process of brainstorming the topic of this essay and using evidence from Paper Towns, the only question I asked myself was, “what makes a hero?” I decided that this will be my purpose question. From reading the book, I developed the thinking that being a hero means having compassion for what you are trying to achieve, having trust in your actions and be willing to take chances when needed. In the novel, Quentin Jacobsen (otherwise known as “Q”), shows lots of compassion towards his quest to discover Margo’s whereabouts. Q believed that Margo left all of the clues for him, he became extremely committed to finding her. “It became a weekend of reading, of trying to see her in the fragments of the poem she’d left for me. I could…show more content…
(117)” To be a hero, trust plays a huge role. Q had major trust in Margo by following through all of her hints and believing that she was alive and well. “I found myself talking out loud to her. I will play out the string. I will not betray your trust. I will find you. (155)” Not only did Quentin have to trust Margo, he also had to trust in himself. Trust that he will find the girl of his dreams, trust that all of her clues are necessary to the quest and trust that she is waiting for him because it seems that the thought of her patience is his motivation. To take chances as a hero, this means stepping out of your comfort zone. Q takes a chance by lying to his parents about going to prom and staying at his friend Ben’s house for the night when in reality, he plans on spending a night at an abandoned mini-mall that Margo sent him to through her clues. By doing this, it also shows his commitment as a hero and…show more content…
As Quinten and his friends search and evaluate on the clues Margo left behind, it seems that they believe that once they find her, she will come back home and that will be the reward. That’s not the case when they actually find her in the state of New York. Heroes shouldn’t expect much once the deed has been done. When they find Margo, it doesn’t really go as well as they’d hoped. Eventually, everyone but Q leaves the room because of Margo’s negativity. Q feels that he should leave too, but he’s so curious to know about Margo’s actions and why she left in the first place. Heroes just make sure that everyone is safe, in Q’s case, he was satisfied with the fact that Margo is safe. After awhile, he wasn’t too upset about the fact that she didn’t come home with him. “I stand in this parking lot, realizing that I’ve never been this far from home, and here is the girl I love and cannot follow. I hope this is the hero’s errand, because not following her is the hardest thing I’ve ever done.
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